Hello all

Wow - it is almost July already. We are halfway through the year, mid-summer’s day is behind us and it is less than six months until Christmas! Sorry to mention the word but if we are sewing gifts, decorations and gift bags we do need to get started early. Unfortunately deliveries are delayed and none of the gorgeous Christmas fabrics that I have on order have yet arrived. So we won’t be able to launch the Christmas fabrics in July this year. I am hoping they will arrive sometime this month (I have had a message that some have left the warehouses in the USA and are on their way) so we will launch in August, along with a sale - I will keep you informed.

I am getting excited as I will be having a stand at the Craft4Crafters Show in Exeter from Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th July. The first show for over 15 months. We did this show at the Westpoint Centre back in 2019 and met some lovely people, so it will be great to go back. It’s a very spacious venue anyway and extra space is being allowed between the stands this year. With tickets limited and the cafe relocated, I hope everyone will feel confident about coming along. It’s a really varied show - something for everyone who loves crafts.

My local quilting group, Penkridge Quilting Bee, met again last month for the first time since early 2019. It was a real treat to see everyone again, see their new makes and have a good catch up. I don’t think we did much sewing, but lots of chatting. How lovely it is to be with people again rather than just on Zoom! Have you been able to meet up with your craft group yet?

I launched my new website last month - have you had chance to have a look at it yet? I have had some positive comments about the search facility and the ability to be able to compare fabrics side by side. Also some comments about the drop-down menus being a bit confusing. I passed these back to the designer who has altered them, so I hope it is easier now. If you do have any comments or suggestions, please let me know. I am still trying to make sure stock levels are accurate, and getting all the haberdashery items uploaded so you can order those online, so it’s still ‘work in progress’. You can now book and pay for workshops online, which you may find easier too.

Workshops have been going well and proving popular. We are still observing all Covid-19 precautions of course, so only able to accommodate a maximum of five students at a time. but we have been able to schedule extra sessions if necessary. So do let me know if the session you want is full and I will set up another date.

Dressmaking is perennially popular - perhaps you’ve all been inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee? I am trying to offer two dates each month to cope with demand as I limit these workshops to four students, to allow space and plenty of individual attention. Pictured above is one of the latest garments made by a complete beginner - doesn’t it look great?

I am also getting requests for people to come and learn (or have a refresher session) to use a sewing machine. I offer these as individual sessions or for small groups, usually over two hours, and can be fitted in around the workshop programme. Get in touch if this is of interest and you can gain your ‘sewing machine driving licence’!

Make a cushion at the Folded Star workshop - book online for July.

The July programme of workshops is listed at the bottom of this newsletter; I just want to flag up that there is still space on Dressmaking on Saturday 3 July, on Anne’s Bag Workshop on Thursday 8 July, and with Jane teaching the Folded Star on Saturday 10 July. Be quick if you want to join us.

The summer Quick Sew sessions for children and adults begin on Thursday 22 July and continue on Thursdays throughout the school holidays. These are short (2.5 hour) sessions and a great introduction to sewing. Each week a different item will be made - a bunting garland, lunch bag, pencil case, or pin cushion - giving a chance to learn lots of different skills. It’s a lovely activity for a parent or grandparent to share with a child, or a child to do independently. The morning sessions are filling up but there’s still space for the afternoons.

There is still some availability for the Sit and Sew sessions too. Wednesday evenings are very popular and full every week, but there are some spaces during the day, and on Fridays. These are designed as relaxed social sewing time with you working on your own project, with support on hand from your fellow sewers or from us, if you need it. Come with a friend, or come alone and make new friends. You do need to book in advance to make sure there is space for you.

Do you follow The Corner Patch on Facebook or on Instagram? I try to post new fabrics there as they arrive and show pictures of the workshops. We had a huge box of new batik fabrics in June. The batik shelves had a little bit of space so I thought we needed a restock. Perhaps I got a bit carried away but I just can’t resist these lovely fabrics! There is no space on the shelves now!!

I don’t seem to have got much sewing done this month - I seem to have been too busy preparing the patterns for all the dressmaking workshops! But using a charm pack and a jelly roll I made a very quick little lap quilt. I love metallic fabrics and these blacks and whites with gold and silver metallic just needed to be shown off. I used the Whispers Metallic charm pack from Moda, sashed and bordered in black. There are just enough squares left to make a bag too!

I also spent a happy sunny Sunday sewing under the shade sail in the garden and made some bunting using some of the Makower Tonal Hearts fabric that arrived last month. I had just enough for the front of the shade sail.

Have a good month. Perhaps I will see you in Exeter, or in the shop for a workshop? If you are managing to get away on holiday I hope the weather is kind.

We will be going down to Gloucestershire for a few days - a chance to meet up with my daughter, but particularly for my husband to do a Wing Walk to raise funds for Aerobility - the charity that enables people with disabilities to experience flight. Yes, he’s going to be strapped to the wing of a plane as it circles the airfield and performs manoeuvres! I haven’t offered to join him - my feet will remain firmly on the ground! Crazy man!

See you soon,


Workshop Programme: July 2021

Beginner’s Quilt: Disappearing Nine-Patch
Session 2: Thursday 1 July or Saturday 17 July, 10am - 2pm, £35

Dressmaking for Beginners / Improvers
Saturday 3 July or Saturday 31 July, 10am - 4pm, £45

Bag Making
Thursday 8 July, 10am - 4pm, £45

Folded Star
Saturday 10 July, 10am - 4pm, £45

Craft4Crafters, Westpoint Centre, Wednesday 13 - Friday 16 July

Quick Sew Sessions for children and adults
Thursday 22 July and Thursday 29 July, Session 1: 10am - 12.30pm, Session 2: 2pm - 4.30pm, £25

Private Event
Saturday 24 July, 10am - 4pm

Browse all the workshop dates and book your space online.

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